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Report: Country awards headed to NYC

Ceremony is traditionally held in Nashville
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Country Music Association will move its annual awards show to New York City in 2005, a television report said Monday. The association would not comment but said two news conferences, one here and another in New York City, were set for Tuesday.

“Whatever is announced, the city of Nashville has been a partner with us all the way through,” CMA spokesman Scott Stem said. “The city is happy with the announcement being made tomorrow.”

Stem said a news conferences will be held in New York City by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and in Nashville by Mayor Bill Purcell.

The move was reported by WSMV-TV. The show has been held in Nashville since 1967.

The two-hour show, traditionally broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House, usually commands strong TV ratings. It features performances by country stars, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the award presentations.

CMA Executive Director Ed Benson had said last September such a move would be considered “to generate increased exposure and excitement for the format.”

Atlanta officials also had approached the CMA in recent years about staging the awards.

This year’s awards show will be held Nov. 9.